Spotted in Manila, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Project Philippines Kickstarter

Check out this fabulous video Project Philippines launched live on Kickstarter today! The team's incredible artist Kyle created the film and the music featured is from Trade Winds' recent recital--my two favorite worlds colliding in one video. Consider donating to our cause and enjoy!

LINK HERE 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Prokofiev's Grumpy Cat

To learn about the instruments of the orchestra and how they each have their own personality and character, we have been studying Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf in my 2nd grade classes.

In this classic story and piece, each character (Peter, Bird, Duck, Cat, Grandfather, Wolf) is represented by a different instrument and theme (strings, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, respectively). After previous classes in developing our ears to hear the differences between these instruments, we tested out what we've learned in the context of Peter and the Wolf. 

We focused on the cat's theme music and worked on this worksheet. The questions asked on the worksheet ("Does this music sound like a cat to you? Why or why not?" and "If you wrote the Cat's theme, how would that music sound? What instrument would you use?") were very difficult to answer. It is very hard to speak in words how music sounds and should sound. But I loved the answers the students gave. This one really stood out as clever and articulate.

"It does sound like a cat because usually cats are grumpy, tired, and very, very, very, very curious."

"I would use a bassoon or a clarinet because when cats walk around slowly they look mysterious and curious so that would be the bassoon. But when cats jump around it's high like a clarinet."

Monday, March 10, 2014

Benefit Fun

Last Friday was the first group benefit that Project Philippines hosted and it was great! I am constantly amazed by the creativity and gifts of my teammates and the night of performances was so inspiring. I performed a short bassoon solo and had such a fabulous time performing for such a warm, supportive room full of people. 

"Pa salubong" or "something for when you welcome me" is a Filipino tradition of giving a small gift or remembrance. It represents friendship and exchange and I think it was the perfect phrase to write on our Project Philippines bracelets. The bracelets (pictured here) were distributed to the guests at the event and I think it very nicely welcomes everyone into joining our cause and project. Thank you to those great friends who came out to their support!